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year old des man died in an overnight house fire - a fire with a lot of unusual circumstances. police say he set the fire himself... and wouldn't come out of his home... despite their best efforts to rescue them. jannay towne has more... the story is first on 13. just after midnight... a neighbor called 9-1-1 about a disturbance at this home in the 2500 block of 59th street parizek 22:08:31 just yelling and screaming out in his yard 35 but when des moines police arrived, all was quiet. then, about 50 minutes later, house... for the same reason. this time, officers found 48 year old neil johnston and just as they tried to get him to come out of the house, they saw fire erupt inside. parizek 22:09:26 the resident in that home, resisted all their efforts to rescue him from that home. he had threatened officers and they attempted to force entry into the home to pull him out, but they were forced back by the smoke and flames 38 police say johnston threatened officers windows trying to
22:11:05 at the point that we determined we were not going to be able to get him out of that house and our officers were forced back dooley 22:13:51 there was an imminent threat other than the fire to the firefighters that were responding to that call today but standing by.. waiting until it's safe to do their job isn't easy. dooley 22:17:46 the fire is going to continue to grow, until we can get in and extinguish it once inside, firefighters doused the flames in under two minutes. but by then it was too late for johnston. dooley 22:18:13 to be advised that it's un safe scene. again, it's a risk that we don't have the tools necessary to mitigate. it really is high risk for the firefighters. it's high risk for the police department. investigators believe the fire started in the kitchen... by the victim firefighters and officers couldn't save. parizek 22:13:05 those officers were very brave. they did the best they could and unfortunately it just wasn't
online records show that a neil johnston was arrested for assault two week ago. police confirm that they have responded to domestic disturbance calls at the house, but would not go into detail. they say that is part of their investigation into why this might have happened. smoke in the woodshop room at lincoln high school lead to a short evacuation this afternoon... just after four, a teacher pulled the fire alarm after he saw smoke. students evacuated the school. turns out, a laser engraver started smoking and there was no fire. everyone was let back in the school a short time later. one person was hurt after a fire at the ames power plant this morning.. the fire started in a unit holding garbage that was scheduled to be burned... one worker was treated at mary greeley medical center but officials say the injuries were not serious. after 24 hours, interstate-35 between ames and clear lake is back open but conditions are still
'today its a lot more blowing snow then yesterday, 10 miles south was good but the further north i go its getting worse.' semi driver joshua parmenter is making the trip to mason city. he says with an empty tractor trailer, he's fishtailing all over the road going just 45 miles per hour. dozens of vehicles and semis litter the road way.,,, and high winds are still causing white out conditions near the boondocks exit, mile marker 144.... in the last day and a half, the iowa state patrol responded to 141 calls for service along the 80-mile stretch. that includes, 29 accidents.. seven with injuries.. even though the interstate is back open, travel is still not advised. 'i wouldnt recommend coming through this area for a little bit at least until tomorrow if you dont have to travel dont.' a tow ban still remains in effect for the area, leaving dozens of vehicles stuck in the ditches. the wind is still creating problems today...
' the iowa senate passed a bill today giving schools a 4-percent funding increase for the 2017 - 2018 school year. the bill passed along party lines... senator herman quirmbach argued that iowa schools have dealt with stagnant funding for the past five years and need the 4-percent increase. republicans want just 2-percent. quirmbach said without a significant bump, a survey of school leaders shows they might have to increase class size and delay buying textbooks and classroom supplies. he's also concerned about possible cuts to literacy programs, at a time when third grade students must read at grade level or risk being held back. quirmbach 40:38 we want kids to be reading at third grade level while they are in third grade. but if we don't provide adequate funding for k-12, 43% of schools will be cutting back on literacy programs at a time when they should be increasing literacy programs. 40:56 47:03 that school are telling us they are going to cut
what else are they doing that is is a higher priority that they need to spend the money on that's a higher priority than teaching kids how to read? 47:17 the bill that passed the senate today is for the 2017, 2018 school year... funding for the 2016-2017 school year is still being worked out by the house and senate... a senate committee discussed a bill today that would give terminally ill patients... the chance to use medicine that isn't on pharmacy shelves yet. it's called the iowa right to try act. the bill would allow iowans to use drugs that have passed phase one of f-d-a trials, but aren't approved. phase one means the f-d-a says the drug is safe, but more extensive trials are needed. kurt altman with goldwater institute says the bill gives terminally ill patients an opportunity to live.
know what the side effects of what these drugs are, it's been in the process for awhile we don't know what it's going to do to patients, we do know what the absolute side effect of doing nothing in this situation is. that's why the law is designed like this. if nothing is done, then the patient will certainly pass. 42:28 one lawmaker asked if other states have used this bill to allow medical marijuana use... altman says the bill is only designed for drugs that are in f-d-a trials.. and medical cannabis is not... but lawmakers are making their own push to expand the use of medical cannabis in iowa. the group iowans for medical cannabis is leading the effort. so far, doctors can legally prescribe cannabis oil for children with certain medical conditions. but the medicine, cannot be produced and dispensed in iowa. the group says it's now time to create a program to make and distribute some forms of medical marijuana in iowa. west des moines mayor steve gaer's daughter'... margaret has had seizures since 4 months old.. he quickly started seeing results after margaret started taking a form
2:18:59 within the first six weeks of her taking this, she started sleeping through the night, which she has never done for 25 years. imagine living in your home for 25 years and no one has slept though the night in 25 years. 19:12 in fact the first morning, i woke up in a panic because we have a baby monitor and i didn't hear her. i thought something had happened to her. 19:20 gaer also says margaret's coordination drastically improved... and a few months later she said for first full sentence. the new legislation is being introduced by house republicans. driving around the midwest is the cheapest it's been in 12-years. gas buddy says nine states in the heart of america have the lowest gas prices since 20-04. iowa is not among them, but some of our neighbors are. the average in illinois is 1-57.. chicago - which is known for high prices, is now eight-cents below the national average. folks in wisconsin are filling up for 1- 54. in minnesota... the average is 1-52...
will pay around 1-37 a gallon. gas buddy analysts say 99-cents could show up at some stations. the reason: oil refiners are offering low prices to get rid of the winter blend of gasoline. iowans are paying a bit more... the average is 1-72 a gallon... that's still down about 12-cents from a month ago... iowans are bundling up today... it's especially important to keep those little ones warms... coming up... the one-woman crocheting machine making hats for newborns.. and the two inspirations for her passion. the polls are open in new hampshire for the first in the nation primary... the reason many presidential candidates are just hoping to
there is a big turnout reported in new hampshire, today, as republicans ... democrats ... and a large group of undeclared voters are casting ballots for the nominees for president. the polls point to big wins for republican donald trump and democrat bernie sanders. both parties are being torn by wars between the establishment at the insurgents. steve handelsman has more from new hampshire. you could see the big turnout at ward 3 in manchester sot: gail athas, polling official :04- :06 "it's really steady- very good" some new hampshirites made up their minds today who to vote for voter mos :09-:14
:15-:20 "once i heard ted cruz speak himself" voter mos :21-:26 "i believe in what bernie stands for - and i felt that - i needed to go with my beliefs" "donald trump. he's a businessman - he tells it like it is" sot: donald trump :26-:28 "in new hampshire i feel very good" trump could score his first-ever election win and...after repeating a vulgarity last night he promised today....that kind of thing stops if he keeps winning sot: donald trump :37-:41"when you get to be president or just before you get to be president the attitude would change very much " nats chris christie "thank you so much for your support - smooch" chris christie marco rubio john kasich ted cruz and jeb bush hope to be trump's runner up sot: jeb bush :52-:54 "i'm the only guy standing up to the guy" nats: hillary clinton hello !! hi guys whoooo..hi everybody" democrat hillary clinton is hoping to get within single digits today of bernie sanders sot: hillary clinton 1:01-1:04"we're going to keep working literally until the last vote is cast" sanders was confident enough to relax sot: bernie sanders 1:07-1:12 "i like to take nice
if the vermont socialist senator wins big he will rock the democratic establishment nats: sanders, i feel great ! --- reporter tag --- soon after the polls close here we're going to know....you're going to know ... the strength going forward of national democratic frontrunner hillary clinton and know who's become the republicans' chief challenger to donald trump. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, manchester new hampshire. polls close about six iowa time... early exit poll results show that 42 percent of republican primary voters consider themselves to be political independents. 39 percent of voters in the democratic primary think of themselves as independents. an unusual voter showed up at the polls today... and i'm sure he's against, cutting the pork, this pig showed up to a polling station in pelham, new hampshire. police say the pig weighed more than six-hundred pounds. it made its way to a high school, where voters were parking as they went to cast their ballots.
wednesday, as does a chance for light snow. the snow will start mid-morning and will continue through mid- afternoon. approximately an inch will fall across central iowa. there will be another lull in the action on thursday, but a couple more quick shots of snow are possible through the end of the week and weekend. early friday morning , some flurries are possible and then a heavier snow with a few inches is possible saturday night into sunday. temperatures return the the 30s
tiny hats for newborn babbies at allen hospital in waterloo. she used pinterest and youtube to learn how to get creative with these hats...and has two very good reasons for doing it. amanda gilbert has the story... "awww she's yawning" a superbowl croche'd hat with tiny pom poms on baby emma's head lacy tripp grundy center "it's really wonderful.." and a valentines day hat on kyptin's head... "it keeps my baby's head warm." all thanks to lacy lacy-"this is just a plain hat for one of the babies between holidays..." a mom whos crocheted over 200 hats for babies at allen hospital... mom- "its great to know that there are still people like this in the community..." they are for newborn and premature babies.. "cmon honey" as well as still born babies... lacy- "to me it's acknowledging that they are a baby to..." she says she's giving back to a place that helped her through a time of loss.... "i had six pregnancy losses..." a lot of loss until she became pregnant with two twins... "they are true miracles in
lacy had them prematurely... she spent 50 days at allen where tiny hats.. helped keep her 3 pound newborns warm and well... "thats why your mom always teaches you to wear a stocking hat when its cold..." the twins are now two years old... and they're the reason lacy keeps croching... "usually hats like this i would add a flower to it too." "i already have some ideas for saint patrick's day hats..." lacy says she likes to have hats available year round... she makes holiday themed hats as well as every day hats... stick around, we'll get another look at your forecast, after the break. with 40 megs of internet speed from centurylink, a family of four can all be online at the same time, streaming, gaming, or downloading movies. yeah, the internet's great, but i think hair and makeup went a little too far. yeah, that's not working. i much prefer the two-day beard, horn-rimmed glasses, just-slept-in-his-car kinda thing.